The International Trust for Croatian Monuments and Student/ Scholars Support:

Since we founded the International Trust for Croatian Monuments in 1991, one of our main objectives has been to try to help students from Croatia to come to Great Britain to train in conservation and preservation of artefacts at institutions of excellence in this country. The very first student followed an exhibition of damage caused to Croatian artistic heritage at RESTOREX 1992, organised for us by the Conservation Practise Architects at no cost to the Trust. This exhibition was seen by Roy Pepperell, master carver and teacher at WEYMOUTH COLLEGE, who kindly offered the Trust free training at the college as a gesture of help. Several students profited from their kindness. Likewise, almost all who lived in London during their studies stayed, free of charge, in the home of Alan and Marija Templeton.

So far, due to the generosity and good will of many individuals and institutions themselves, we have been able to support the following students:

Ivan Kovac, from Vukovar, who joined the WHITGIFT SCHOOL as a 6th form scholar in 1993/94.

Tamara Paskvan, WEYMOUTH COLLEGE, Sept 1993 – June 1995, Traditional Stone Masonry and Carving. Since returning to Croatia, Tamara has worked in the School of Design, Rijeka.

Marin Barisic, WEYMOUTH COLLEGE, Sept 1995 - June 1997. As above. Marin heads the Stone Conservation Department of the Croatian Conservation Institute at Split. In recent years, the whole team has excelled in work done to preserve Diocletian’s Peristyle, which still continues.

Mihael Golubic, ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, 1996/97, working with the master carver, Anthony Webb. Mihael heads the department for restoration of archaeological finds at the Croatian Conservation Institute in Zagreb.

Miroslav Sabolic, ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, 1998/98, also worked with Anthony Webb. Miroslav teaches Stone Carving at the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb.

Ivan Sikavica, WEYMOUTH COLLEGE , Sept 1998 – June 1999. Traditional Stone Masonry and Carving. Ivan works for the Croatian Conservation Institute in Split and is also engaged in our project for the Hanibal Lucic Renaissance garden on Hvar.  He trained in stone carving, masonry and project management at Weymouth College in 1998/1998 under the auspices of the International Trust for Croatian Monuments. He was the third student from Croatia at the College helped by the Trust.  Returning home, Ivan completed a five-year course in stone conservation/restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Split. During his studies, he participated in different projects of the Croatian Conservation Institute. He now works for them and has been engaged in many important undertakings, including the laser cleaning and conservation of the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace in Split.

Lena Krstulovic, ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, 2001. Working with Nimbus Conservation Ltd on the interior cleaning of the Cathedral. Since her return to Croatia, Lena has worked on many conservation projects in Croatia, notably with Venetian Heritage Inc. on the Cathedral of St Lawrence at Trogir.

Malik Palcok, WEYMOUTH COLLEGE, Sept 2000 – June 2002. Traditional Stone Masonry and Carving. Malik now works for the Croatian Conservation Institute in Split.

Jurica Matijevic, UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA, Newcastle, a year course in oil on canvas conservation, 1999/2000, followed by another year at the CITY & GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL, attending the Ornamental Woodcarving Course, 2000/1. Jurica now heads the Conservation Department of the Academy of Fine Arts at Split.

Mladen Matijaca, WEYMOUTH COLLEGE, Sept 2002 – June 2003. Traditional Stone Masonry and Carving. Mladen now works for the Croatian Conservation Institute in Split.

Klara Lisko, Stone Masons School in Pucisce, island of Brac, 2005/6. Klara works for the Croatian Conservation Institute in Osijek.

Gordana Car, Croatian Conservation Institute, Zagreb, six month internship in the Textile Conservation Department at the VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, 2004.

Helena Puharo, Museums and Galleries in Konavle, Dubrovnik. Attended the ATTINGHAM TRUST SUMMER SCHOOL in July 2004.

Martina Catinelli, 2005/6, to help her complete an MA Dissertation at the University of Lincoln.

Martina Sunjic Batovic, Split, MA in Art Business at SOTHEBY’S INSTITUTE OF ART, Sept 2005 – October 2006.

Ana Sverko, senior advisor of heritage conservation in the Conservation Department of the Ministry of Culture in Split. The ATTINGHAM TRUST SUMMER SCHOOL in 2006, and also their DUTCH WEEK in June 2010.

Dr Ljerka Dulibic, Sept 2008, curator of the Strossmayer Collection in Zagreb. Attended the ATTINGHAM TRUST ROYAL COLLECTIONS STUDIES COURSE in Sept 2008.

Nena Meter Kiseljak, art historian at the Croatian Conservation Institute in Zagreb. ATTINGHAM TRUST SUMMER SCHOOL in July 2008.

Mate Pribilovic, CITY & GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL, post-graduate course in Historic Stone Carving, Sept 2008 – June 2009.

Jelena Bandur, CITY & GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL, a two-year postgraduate course in Conservation, Sept 2008 – June 2010.

Vjeran Duvnjak, from Split, leather conservation at the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium, Sept 2008 – March 2009.

Katija Hrepic, Croatian Conservation Institute, Zagreb. A three-months internship
in the Textile Conservation Department at the BRITISH MUSEUM.

Ivo Kipre, NEW BUCKINGHAMSHIRE UNIVERSITY, January 2010, a post graduate course in furniture conservation, which included an internship at Birmingham Art Gallery during the summer. 

Iva Gobic, RIJEKA STATE ARCHIVES, to enable her to attend a seminar on book bindings and conservation by Professor Christopher Clarkson in Nov 2010.

Jasenka Gudelj, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of Zagreb, ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL 2011

Igor Kozjak, CROATIAN STATE ARCHIVES, Zagreb, help with fees for a PhD Course in Paper and Book Conservation, 2012 and 2013.

Lana Kekez, SPLIT, help with fees for a PhD Course in Oil on Canvas Conservation, 2013.

Katija Hrepic, Textile Conservator, CROATIAN CONSERVATION INSTITUTE, Zagreb, help with fees to attend further education at the University of Dubrovnik, September 2013.

Lana Fiskovic, help with fees to attend a postgraduate course in conservation at CAMBERWELL COLLEGE OF ART, September 2013. 

Dr Ana Sverko, INSTITUTE OF ART HISTORICAL RESEARCH, Split, The Attingham Trust Belgian Course, June 2014

Dusko Cikara, CROATIAN CONSERVATION INSTITUTE, Zagreb, The Attingham Trust Belgian Course, June 2014

Barbara Vujanovic, curator, MESTROVIC GALLERY, Zagreb, The Attingham Trust Summer School, July 2014.

Iva Gobic, State Archives, Rijeka, and Martina Pavec, THE NATIONAL AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, Zagreb, to participate at the Ligatus Summer School given by Professor Nicholas Pickwoad at the Book and Paper Conservation Centre, Ljubljana, September 2014.

SAGITA MIRJAM SUNARA, The Arts Academy, Split, to travel and present a paper at an international conference in Liege, March 2014

LARA ARANZA and TEA JOSKA KATUNARIC, The Arts Academy, Split, to travel and present a paper in Krakow, May 2014


MARTINA PAVEC, National and University Library, Zagreb, and IVA GOBIC, State Archives, Rijeka, to attend the LIGATUS SUMMER SCHOOL in Ljubljana, September 2015

IVA RAIC STOJANOVIC, to attend the Attingham Trust Summer School, July 2015

SILVIJA BANIC, textile historian, to present a paper at a conference, “The Days of Cvito Fiskovic”, in 2015 and at another conference in Venice in 2016

MARTINA BAGATIN, Croatian State Archives, to attend Getty Grant Advanced Workshop in Conservation of Photographs in Prague in 2015 and again in Amsterdam in 2016

MARINA BATINIC, to attend the International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy Programme in Berlin in 2015

Dr LJERKA DULIBIC, Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters, to attend Conference of the Renaissance Society of America in Boston in 2016

BARBARA VUJANOVIC, Ivan Mestrovic Gallery in Zagreb, to attend a conference on Malta in 2016

SANDRA SUSTIC, The Arts Academy, Split, to attend a conference on conservation of easel paintings in Porto in 2016

IVANA PESKAN and VESNA PASCUTTINI-JURAGA, Ministry of Culture, Conservation Department, Varazdin, to present a paper at a convention on medieval sites in continental Croatia held in Ravenna in 2014 and again in Zadar in 2016

IVANA SVEDRUZIC-SEPAROVIC, Ministry of Culture, Conservation Department, Split, to attend the Attingham Trust Summer School in 2016

ANA DUMBOVIC, Croatian Conservation Institute, Zagreb, to attend the conference, “Gels in Conservation”, London, October 2017

MARIJA KALMETA and PETRA KURSAR, Gallery of Modern Art, Zagreb, and KRESIMIR BOSNIC, Academy of Arts, Split, to attend the “Gels in Conservation” Conference, London, October 2017.

Dr JOSKO BELAMARIC, Institute “Cvito Fiskovic”, Split, to attend the 2017 Attingham Trust Study Programme of Palaces and Villas of Rome and Naples

IVANA PESKAN, Ministry of Culture, Conservation Department, Varazdin, to help with research of architecture and urban development of Varazdin in the 15th and 16th centuries, 2017